- As of December 2019, the permit fee for international visitors is 700,000 Indonesian Rupiah (~USD 50.00)
- The permit fee for Indonesian citizens and KITAP holders is IDR 425,000 (This rate is not available for KITAS holders.)
- Children under 12 years of age are not required to have a permit.
- The permit is valid for 12 months from date of purchase.
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Please note that the Raja Ampat Visitor Entry Ticket is a separate fee that was introduced in December 2019. See the linked page for details.
These are the only two official government fees that you will be asked to pay when visiting Raja Ampat. (Visitors to some locations might also be asked to pay a “local entry fee”.)
We are often asked if a Surat Jalan permit is required to visit Sorong or Raja Ampat. A Surat Jalan is not required to visit Raja Ampat. However: Staff at many Indonesian embassies are unaware of this, look up Raja Ampat’s location and then ‘do it by the book’, which says that all visitors to West Papua need a Surat Jalan. To avoid complications if applying for a visa at an embassy, you might want to consider not mentioning your plan to visit Raja Ampat. Nobody checks or cares once you are in Indonesia. (As long as you don’t try to enter a place that a Surat Jalan is required for!)
The Raja Ampat Marine Protected Areas Environmental Services Fee Card (PIN)
This is what the 2018 international visitor permit card looked like. The 85x55mm plastic card will be punched to indicate its expiry (12 months from the date of issue) and your name, passport number, nationality and signature should be recorded on the back.
Where to buy Raja Ampat Marine Park entry permit tag
At the UPTD KKPD Office in Waisai
The UPTD Office address is Jalan Yosudarso, Siwindores, Waisai. Any ojek (motorbike taxi) or vehicle driver should be able to take you there from the harbour.
The UPTD office is also the place to go to report any instances of environmental damage or illegal fishing that you may witness.
Here is the UPTD website’s contact information page.
UPTD office location
Permits are sold by park rangers in Misool. The rangers carry identification and will give you a receipt.
The UPTD has announced that it will open a permit sales office in Sorong by Christmas 2019. Please contact the UPTD for information about this office.
Where does the Raja Ampat entry fee money go?
Raja Ampat Marine Park entry permit fees are directed to the operational costs of Raja Ampat’s five Marine Protected Areas (patrols, administration etc) and to community conservation and development programs.
Collection of the funds is the responsibility of a new organisation created to ensure the transparent disbursement of funds: The UPTD BLUD, an autonomous unit within the Dinas Kelautan dan Perikanan (the provincial government Department of Oceans and Fisheries).
The reason for the changes are twofold:
1) The organisation previously responsible for collection of the Marine Park fee was the Dinas Pariwisata – the local government Department of Tourism. The corporate structure of the Dinas Pariwisata provided no framework by which it could legally transfer funds collected to the intended recipients. The new UPTD, being incorporated as a BLUD entity, does.
2) The fees have been doubled in order to provide an income stream that will account for a larger percentage of the true Marine Protected Area operational costs and community development programs. Those costs are currently being funded by foreign donors – a situation which obviously isn’t sustainable in the long term.
The Raja Ampat Marine Park Entry Permit tag (or PIN) has been renamed the Tariff to Support Environmental Services in Raja Ampat and must be paid by every visitor to Raja Ampat.
The information below explains the changes, why the Tariff to Support Environmental Services in Raja Ampat is charged and shows how the funds collected are used. Click the images to see larger versions.
UPDATE DECEMBER 2019: As of this month, the UPTD will only be collecting the portion of the fee that the UPTD is responsible for managing. The amounts shown below (IDR 300,000 for international visitors and IDR 75,000 for domestic visitors) that were collected on behalf of the Raja Ampat Regency government are no longer being levied by the UPTD.